Up for sale, a 2000 Gibson 1964 J-160E dreadnought acoustic/electric in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case and factory paperwork. This iteration of the J-160E platform is faithful to 1964 spec, crafted at the Gibson acoustic factory in Bozeman, Montana, featuring a ladder braced spruce top, mahogany back and sides, and a stacked P-90-style pickup mounted between the fretboard and soundhole. This J-160E was ordered by Gibson's Japanese distributor Yamano, and Gibson's USA-made guitars distributed via Yamano are often considered among their best, featuring the highest quality woods picked for Gibson's discerning Japanese audience.
The Gibson J-160E covers a wide sonic range; both acoustic and electric, retaining excellent clarity and smoothness across the board. The lows are warm and rich, with crisp, presence-laden highs, offering a tone that is perhaps best described as “Beatle-esque.” When plugged in, the signal is midrange-forward and more electric guitar-sounding than a faithful acoustic approximation, delivering dynamic cleans and pairing very well with a vintage tube amp. This J-160E weighs 4lbs 15oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 12-54 bronze strings, easy-playing action, and accurate intonation.
The one-piece mahogany neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve at the nut, with round shoulders in every register and notable heft further up the fretboard, measuring .825” deep at the 1st fret and .955” at the 9th. The dark rosewood fretboard features pearloid trapezoid inlay, with medium jumbo frets which retain their full factory height and well-rounded crowns, showing virtually no wear. This guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4” scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The bone nut measures 1.720" in width. On the headstock, the Kluson-style tuners turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch, with lightly greened keystone buttons.
The rosewood bridge sits flush with the solid spruce top on all edges, and there's a tiny amount of normal bellying behind the bridge. The adjustable saddle matches '64 spec and has room for adjustment to taste. Plastics include a pair of gold reflector knobs and the dark red tortoise pickguard. This guitar is crack-free and well-kept, with cosmetic wear on the gloss Sunburst top comprising a few small dings and one light finish scuff in the clear coat on the lower bout. Wear on the back and sides is otherwise limited to a few minor marks and faint finish scratches, and the gloss on the neck profile is flawless.
The original hardshell case is included, along with all Gibson/Yamano factory paperwork.